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him int. i familiar contact with people throughout a wide extent
of country. He has beon a juBtioe of the peace for tho post
thirty-five yoars, and as a commissioner of deeds, notary pub-
lic, ami practical sorivoner has transacted much public business
ml administered many estates as trustee, executor, and guard-
ian. He now owns about five hundred acres of land in Mon-
n nship, nnd enjoys the respect and confidence of many
friends and of the community in which be dwells. He is ener-
getic, a man of genorous impulses, a liberal supporter of church
and kindred interests, and a partner in the mercantile firm of
Martin Cole & Son, at the " Brick House." Politically ho is a
Domocrnt, and lias filled many offices of responsibility nnd
trust, including all the township offloes, and thai of assessor
eventeen years successively. In 1858 nnd I859herepre-

-, 1 Sussex County in the State Legislature, and « I

an able and conscientious legislator. In 1 S 7S he was

up] id by Governor MoClellan one of the layjudg f the

Court of Common Picas of Sussex County, and held thai posi-
tion for two years. In the spring of 1880 In «as appointed
he Court of Errors nnd Appeals ol Hen
Jersey, cici Judge Lillie, deoeasod, and holds thai positional
.1,1 writing. Hiswife, whom he married on Jan. 8,
i ii, jo.no, laughter of Hon. Thomas Van Bttan, of
. .... \. V.. and a representative,.! an old Huguenot
l Dcorpark. She was born May 20, 1817, and the
issue of the union have been Sally Jane, deoeasod, wife of In-
3. Stoll, of Sandyston, born Aug. IS, I8S9; Eleanor,
irob 27, 1841; James B., born Deo. 12, 1848, a captain
in the Fifteenth Regiment of NewJorsej Volunteers daring
the late «nr. now rarming on the old family seal of hi

n , \ ,n Btten, born Doe. SO, 184(1, n met

"Brlok II..U-." and postmastet Martin, Jr., born lug. 22,
1849, a practicing physioian at Dainesvillo ; and Jacob, born
, April 21, 1867.


The Hornbeck family is one of the pioneer families of Sussex
County, and was prominently represented in Ulster Co., N. Y.,
at an early day. It is of Holland extraction.

Benjamin Hornbeck, the earliest ancestor of the family in
this section of whom anything is known, was among the first
settlers of the township of Montague. He had several sons,
who settled in the same locality, among whom was Joseph, the
grandfather of the subject of this sketch. He resided at an
early period where Benjamin Hornbeck lives in Montague, and,
being a blacksmith by trade, followed that avocation as well
as farming. His wife was Lydia, daughter of Jacob "West-
brook, of Montague, by whom were born four children, —
namely, Jacob, Benjamin, Severyne, and a daughter, Lydia,
who married James Bennett. Jacob settled in Pike Co., Pa.,
and Severyne was drowned, in July, 1806, in the Delaware

Benjamin Hornbeck, father of Jacob, lived and died on the
old homestead. He engaged principally in farming pursuits,
but traded considerably in land, and was interested in the
milling business, at Millvillc, for a number of years. He was a
Democrat in politics, took an active interest in public affairs,
and filled the position of town clerk of Montague for thirty
years. He died on April 5, 1855. His wifo was Mary, daugh-
ter of Jacob and Phebe Shimer, of Montague, and the children
of the union were Phebe, widow of William Posten, of Phila-
delphia, and Jacob. Mrs. Hornbeck died in 1860.

Hon. Jacob Hornbeck was born on Dec. 24, 1809, on the old
family homestead in Montague. Until he attained the age of
seventeen he lived at homo, attending the district school and
assisting with the duties of the farm. Subsequently he enjoyed
the benefits of academic instruction at the select school of Rev.
Clarkson N. Dunn, of Newton, N. J. At the close of his educa-
tional career ho returned homo and entered business with his
father in farming and milling. In 18.33 he established a store
at Millvillc, in connection with the milling business, and con-
tinued in trade at that point until L845. 'in Feb. 20, L836, he
married Maria, daughter of Cornelius and Margory Cuddeback,
of Deerpark, Orange Co., N. Y., and in Juno of that year
removed to his present residence. In 1844 his fathor withdrow

and confined his whole attention to fiirming the homestead,
leaving to the son the management and control of the large
business that had been built up at Millville by industrious
enterprise. Here he has since continued in activo and success-
ful business life. The store at Millville has been discontinued,
and in its stead Mr. Hornbeck is engaged in tho retail and
wholesale grocery trade at Port Jervis, N. Y., in connection
with his son-in-law, Thomas J. Bonnell, the firm being known
as Hornbeck k Bonnell.

Mr. Hornbeck has ever been actively interested in the growth
and development of tho section of country in which he lives,
and taken a prominent part in the establishment and mainte-
nance of its institutions. Though not a member of any religious
denomination, he has rendered liberal support to the churches
of his locality, and is an attendant upon the services of the
Reformed Church of Montague, of which some of his family are
members. He was largely instrumental in consolidating several
of the smaller school districts of Montague into one largo and
prosperous one, with a commodious and substantial school-
building at "Brick House.'' In politics he was formerly a Demo-
crat, and represented Sussex County in the State Legislature
for three successive years, — 1847-50. He left tho Democratic
ranks on the second election of George M. Vail to Congress,
and prior to the formation of the Republican party, and is now
an ardent Republican. Ho has been interested in many public
enterprises throughout the county, and was one of the founders
of the Farmers' National Bank of Dcckortown, N. J., and con-
tinued a director in that institution until the organization of
the First National Bank of Port Jervis, N. Y., of which he was
president for three years. His business dealings are character-
ized by the strictest integrity, and ho onjoys the confidence and
respect of a large claBS of business men and of the community
in which he dwells. His children are Benjamin, residing on
tho homestead-farm in Montague; Mary, wife of Thomas J.
Bonnell, of Port Jervis, N. Y. : Martha, wife of Rev. William
J. Hill, pastor of the First Reformed Church of East Now York,
L. I. ; Jacob, who resides at home and is associated iu business
with his fathor; and Emma, wife of Robert Jordan, a loading
merchant of Port Jervis, N. Y.

The "Westfall family hns been identified from the
earliest years with tlie pioneer life of the Mamnkating
and Minisink regions. Sin n Westfall, the great-
grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was one of the
lei - ol tli" ton nship of Westfall, Pike Co., Pa. ;
hi- BOn David also lived and died in that locality. The
children of ill" latter were Simeon, Cornelius, Wilhcl-
mns, Abraham, Esther, who married William Van Nov,
and Sarah, who been me the wife of James Bennett, of
Carpenter's Point, N. Y.

Williclinus, sou of David, was born on Jan. 21, 170i',,
and died Sept. 28, 1848. His wife, whom he married
mo July 26, 1817, was Margerj Cole, who was born Oct.
24, IT'.it, and died April 6, 1855. The children were

('. .melius ('., horn duly 1'J, I81S; David, horn Jan. 1«'.,

1821; Jacob G., born Feb. 'J, 1824; Charles II., horn
June L'tt. 1820, died Feb. 17, 1855; Sarah A., born Oct
19, 1828, married Simeon Swartwout, died Jim.. I
George, horn Nov. 21, 1880, died June 19, I860; Han-
nah J., born Nov. 24, 1888, wife of Alhert West fall, of
Michigan; Lewis, born Jan. 9, 1886; and Julia, horn
Feb. 28, 1888, died Juno 17, 1854. Wilholmus Westfall
passed his entire life in the culture of the soil. For a
dumber of years he owned a farm on the >ite of a portion
of the present Port Jervis, N. V., which he subsequently
sold to the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company.
Ah..ut the year 1827 he purchased of Samuel Westfall
the farm now occupied by bisson, David, in Montague
township, Sussex Co., where be passed the remainder
of his life. The main part of the family residence
Was built by John Westfall fully one hundred
David Westfall was born in Porl Jervis, N. Y., on

Jan. 16, 1821, and since the a;;e of six years has resided
on his present farm in Montague town-hip, with the ex-
ception of two years during which he engaged in tin'
milling business at Carpenter's Point, in connection
with James Bennett. Much of his early life was passed

in teaching bcI I, for which avocation he was titled by

attendance at William Ban kin'- Acad.-my, Amity, N.Y.,
and Doekortown, N. J.

In 1846, Mr. Westfall settled down to the life of a
farmer, and is at present recognized as one of the suc-
cessful and representative agriculturists of bis section,
lie make- :, specialty of dairying and the sale of milk,
and supplies large quantities each year to the milk-
dealers of Port Jervis. II ifines himself strictly to

the legitimate demands of his business, and lives a retired,
honorable, and quiet life, enjoying the respect and i
of hi- friends. In politics be is a Republican, but no
seeker after public position. He ha- filled the minor

offices of his township, has I n a commissioner of deeds

ii y.ar-, ami when a resident of Carpenter's
Point took an active part in the affairs of the local
militia. He is an attendant upon the ministrations of
the Reformed church of Port Jervis, and a prompt
contributor t.. the various benevolent and philanthropic
enterprises of the day.

Mr. Westfall wa- married, on April 20, 1848 to Ann
Jane, daughter of Horace K. and Bmeline i Y

Stewart, of Mini-ink, (Iran - I N. "J : -he was born

Dee. 17, 1829. The children have been Wilhelmus,

born Fob. 16, 1849, died Nov.9, i^7n; Bmelino S.,born

. I860, died April •_'. 1858; Sarah Edna, born Jan

I, married James E.Cole, of Montague, Dec. 28,

1880; and Anna, born Aug. 31, 1858, living at home.

JffisCLAJL' & (Unvote

Allen Everitt is a grandson of Jacob Everitt, who was
born about the year 1735, and twenty years later came to this
country from Germany. He was by profession a practitioner
of medicine, performed active service during the French-and-
Indian war, and was present at the battle of Tieonderoga. In
company with a brother, the only remaining member of the
family who came to this country, he first took up his residence
in Hunterdon Co., N. J., where he married Hannah Langafelt,
daughter of a Presbyterian clergyman. Subsequently he re-
moved to Montague township, Sussex Co., where he continued
to practice his profession from 1770 until his death, in 1S02.
Ho resided near whore Daniel D. Everitt now lives, and had
eight children, — viz., John, Christian, Jacob (who was shot
during the Whisky War at the close of the Revolution), God-
frey, Abraham (one of the first settlers in Oswego Co., N. Y.),
Isaac, Marshall (who removed to Michigan in 1835), and George,
who also took up his residence in Michigan.

Isaac Everitt, son of Dr. Jacob Everitt, and father of the
subject of this sketch, was born in Montague township on
March 13, 1771. In his younger days he followed the avoca-
tion of a blacksmith, but subsequently entered upon the avoca-
tion of a farmer, in which pursuit he passed the romaindor of
his life.

He was a man of standing and influence in tho township,
possessed of strong will and a self-reliant naturo, and a Whig
in politics. He filled various township offices, and was ap-
pointed a justice of the peace as early as 1817. His wife,
whom he married in 1797, was Mary, daughter of Daniel Davis,
born in May, 1777.

The children of the union were John D., born March 23,
171)8; lictsey, born Feb. 10, 1800, married Abraham Shinier,
died Aug. 19, 1828; Goorgo B., born June 14, 1802, died May
22, 1874; Jane Westbrook, born Aug. 24, 1804, died Sept. 18,
1835 ; Mary Ann, born Feb. 20, 1807, widow of Isaac .1. I.al.nr,

of Wy ing I'..., I'a. ; Hannah, horn Oct. 10, 1809, married

Elisha Depue, died .Ian. 17, 1840; Allen, born July 2 1, INI I;
Catharine, born Jan. 9, 1817, married John M. Barlow, of
Michigan, died Jan. 10, 1856; Isaac (2d), born Dec. 31,' 1818;
and Matthew L., born Nov. 10, 1822, died April 28, 1872.

Isaac Everitt died on March 7/1833, and his wife on June
23, 1.S35.

Allen Everitt was born on tbo John Cortright farm, in Mon-
tague, on the 'date above indicated. His earlier years wore
passed upon his father's farm, and his education, which termi-
nated at tho age of fourteen, was such as the common schools
of his day afforded. For two years he clerked in the store of
his brother, John D. Everitt, at Hainesville, and upon tho death
of his father, in 1S33, he worked the home-farm on shares with
his mother for two years. After her demise he rented the home-
stead for a time, and, gradually buying out tho heirs, became
its solo owner. In 1S57 he sold the property to Daniel D.
Everitt, and two years later purchased his present farm of two
hundred and thirty acres, near "Brick House."

Mr. Everitt is recognized as one of the hard-working, indus-
trious, and successful farmers of the township, and in tho com-
munity in which he dwells bears the reputation of an honorable
and upright man. First a Whig and then a Republican, he
cast his first vote in 1S36 for Gen. Wui. II. Harrison, and has
since remained true to the traditions of his party. Ho has novor
been a seeker after position, and has filled only the ordinary
offices of his township. Ho is a supporter of the Reformed
Church of Montague, is favorably known in financial circles,
and has been a member of the boord of directors of the First
National Bank of Port Jervis, N. Y., and of the Merchants'
National Bank of Newton. He has been twice married. His
first wife, to whom ho was united on March 2, 1847, wns Ellon,
daughtor of Jcsso and Margaret P. Hunt, of Frankford town-
ship. She died Feb. 27, 1857. His present wife, whom ho
married on April 5, 1859, is Sally Jano, widow of John Finch,
of Orimgo Co., N. Y., and daughter of James B. and Mary
Dayton (Foster) Armstrong, of Montague. Tho following
children were born of tho first marriage, — viz., Hannah Jane,
Jan. 5, 1S4S, widow of Wilholmus Westfall ; George, Oct. 0,
1850, died March 4, 1854; Martin, March 20, 1853, died Juno
22, 1878; and an infant who died unnamed. By the second
marriage wero born George Lindley, April 21, 1800, died Sept.
17, 1860; Frank Allen, March 14, 1862, died March 18, 1804;
and Sarah Ellen, April 6, 1865.



call, purposing by much money to take lilm from no. Hut the Lord, who from England at an <-:irl v day, And located in Morri -

Egixa far caused j '■ of supplanting to fall, will further direct ( own V. J. His father. James Bonnell, a native of

them to a Eood etnl. We feel nurielve- Imiiii'1 to i<l"-y 1 1 » * - e iimii'l of , . «,*•.!.„

■i,„ g >.„,.„.,„ .i.». .,„.•>,,., ,.»>. rur th-tafptr. Elizabeth, N . J., served as a captain in the ward the

Kris] .' We therefore will deal with you hereafter aswehave before, Revolution, in which he achieved no little distinction

—doing you good. Vou do not thank u smongyou. You

arc bold ciioii>;Ii t" «ay tlint ho has clglil Irce Sabbotln in each year,
which la as true an the wordB of the Devil to Evo, ■ Xou shall not rarely
ate. 1 If you desire, then, t" have our minister four or *lx times In the
will by no means refuse you, but will leave it to our minister to
arrange the compensation with you. Ami if thi- cannot prevent the
,v. nil. »u of your uitjust purpose, nnd the Lord Is pleased to use you as

■ r.»l r. .r ..nr chastisement, we "ill view it as coining f i the baud of

the Lord and comfort ourselves with 1 1 . . - gracious language of Paul,

'Whom the Lord loveth II" chastenetb, and scourgeth

ii He recelveth.' n II please the Lord to prevent you to

ur minister, then we hope thai yonr eonedenoea will not

to take away a pari of our living, being the sum of i'i">

111 thin, however, bo the case, we shall not hesitate to givo
tl,. mattei Into the hands of tin- worldly Judge.

" We expect an answer to tlii- conimunlcati which we conclude with

Dial the grace of the I.oril Je»u» Clirlnt ami the love of God the
father and the communion of the Holy Ghost remain with you t" a
blessed eternity. Amen.

" Up- remain your tiinlei-U'ne'l *•■( \ ant-,

deprive us o

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' Jas Van VUKDT,
' ABRAHAM Van Cami-
'William Cool."

docket of Boferyne Westbrook, justice of
\ record ci marri igss performed h\ him

From tl
the peace.

" November UOth, 1809 Jacob Weetfall and ttarj Moddaugh waa mar-
me. Boferyne Westbrook.

" November 2ii. 1 -■ >■ ■ '.ill.-it Vail ami July Meth.wu »u» married by
no . Boferyne Weetbrook.
"Jan. 7, 1810.— Tunis Quick and Sarah Boeenkrance was married by

me, Boferyne Westbrook.

"Jau'y '.I, lNln.—.lalin^ "n^lei Iimiii

rj at Wi -ti k.

•Mun'y 10, 1810.- Isaac Van Aukei

me, Boferyne Weetl It,

" Ap'l 22, 1810.— Benjamin Weetbr

iiiarrie,! by , Boferyne H

I, 1810.— Kiclmnl McKool
by me, Soforyuo Weatbxook, Jaatjoa.
" August 6, 18ia— David Hetlongeand Millie Pnugb was married by
ryne Westbrook, Justice."

During a trial held before Soferyne Westbrook, in
February, L810, the following jurors, citizens of Mon-
tague, were impaneled: Roger Clark, Jesse Beanolds,
William Cole, John Kelsey, Evcritl Van Auken,
Samuel D. Westfall, Julius Foster, Stephen Doolittle,
James McGown, James Stoll, Isaac Everitt, Isaac
Compton. Christopher Decker waa summoned a> a
witness, Trask McCormick having, as constable, de-
livered the subpoena.

ami Elizabeth quick was married
and Polly Koster was married by
>k anil BUubeth Westbrook was
mid I.y.lla Westfall waa married


Hon, Isaac Bonnell, al present one of the oldest
inhabitants of Sussex County, waa born near Ding-
man's Firry, Pike Co., IV, on the Sth day of April,
1 7;n>. His grandfather, Tl ta- I'.onncll, emigrated

• suppose,! to be i

■ paid by them (or hh adneftttd

for It ik powers of discipline and skill. He kept in a
Geld-book a complete record of all orders, the places
of encampment, and the skirmishes and battles of the
troops under his command. This historical relic is
now in the possession of the aged son, and it contains
about -4* >• i pages, legibly written in round hand. Its
contents chiefly relate to Indian incursions in that
portion of the Delaware valley formerly known as
Minisink. ('apt. Bonnell died in 1*14.
The wife of ( apt. Bonnell was Elizabeth, daughter

of Ahrnham Shinier, of whom were bom a number

of children: John died in Wantage; Joseph was an-
other: Ellen married John Laforge, of Milford, Pa.;
Catharine became the wife of Thomas Kelsey, of

Newton, and removed with her husband to l.ewiston,
\. Y., in 1816; Isaac and Jacob were the remaining
Children. Catharine, who resides at LockpOrt, N. Y.,

ami Isaac are -till living, the remainder having died.
Mr. Bonnell resides near Brick House, in Montague
township, upon the old place where his parents took
up their residence in 1791, and where the year- of his
long life have since been honorably passed. His
early education consisted of two year-' schooling In
an old log school-house situated near the present
residence of .Jacob Hornbeck, K-<|. lie possesses
considerable natural ability, and ever -ince he reached

the age of manhood has been a regular subscriber for
several newspapers, to which he ascribe- much of his



knowledge. He has a remarkable memory, and the
flood of years has not impaired his strong mind nor
given it that dotage incident to old age. The scenes,
incidents, and occurrences of his long and eventful
life he can relate with perfect facility and exactness.

He has experienced many vicissitudes in life, and
has never had a dollar given him, but at times has
been quite wealthy, and has given much property to
his children. In 1812, having learned the trade of
millwright, he commenced building mills, which oc-
cupation he followed twenty-one years. During that
time he put up over one hundred buildings, chiefly
saw-mills, at Easton, Toronto, White Lake, Lumber-
land, Lackawaxen, Scranton, and other points. His
wages were two dollars per diem, and he had in his
employ usually three or four apprentices. He has
engaged extensively in the lumbering business, and
has owned eleven different saw-mills in Sullivan Co.,
N. Y. Since 1833, Mr. Bonnell has been engaged in
farming, in which pursuit he takes considerable pride
and interest, and, as old as he is, he yet superintends
the work on his farm.

The churches and schools have always found in
him a friend and willing worker, ever ready to lend a
helping hand and to contribute no small pittance to
their support. Although not connected with any
religious denomination, nor a believer in forms and
creeds, he is a living pillar of faith, hope, and love,
and a stern advocate of truth and justice.

Mr. Bonnell has held several offices of public trust
and honor, and in his younger days he was one of
the most prominent politicians in Sussex County.
Until 1860 he was a staunch Democrat, when he
voted for Douglas. In 1864 he cast his first Republi-

can vote for Lincoln, since which time he has been a
firm believer in Republican principles. In 1812 he
voted for Madison, and has voted at every subsequent
Presidential election, having cast his vote for James
A. Garfield on the 2d day of November last. In 1844
he was elected to the General Assembly of New Jer-
sey. This office he held two years. He was State
senator from 1853 to 1855, and while in the Senate he
distinguished himself by being largely instrumental
in defeating an obnoxious and unjust bill known as
the "Maine Liquor Law." He made the crowning
speech of his life against that so-called temperance
measure, and he takes great delight in repeating it to
this day.

He is physically well preserved, walks with firm
step and erect stature, and can see to read the finest
print without the aid of glasses.

On Feb. 10, 1812, he was united in marriage to
Roxanna Brink, of Honesdale, Pa. She died Oct. 5,
1877. The issue of the marriage was as follows :
James, born April 13, 1813, a retired merchant of
Milwaukee, Wis.; Elizabeth, born July 19, 1815,
married Guy Price; Jonathan, born Nov. 13, 1817;
John L., born Nov. 24, 1820 ; Lansing, born Nov. 19,
1822 ; Sally Jane, born Sept. 22, 1825, died Septem-
ber, 1827 ; Roxanna, born Sept. 27, 1826, died Sept.
28, 1827 ; Sally Jane (2d), born Jan. 5, 1829, wife of
A. J. Coykendall, Elmira, N. Y. ; Isaac, born Aug.
14, 1831 ; Joseph, born Aug. 31, 1833, died Jan. 20,
1841; Jacob, born Sept. 8, 1835, died Dec. 21, 1875,
from disease contracted while in the army during the
late war; Thomas J., born May 2, 1838, merchant at
Deer Park, N. Y. ; and George W., born July 21,
1840, died Dec. 9, 1840.



The township of Lafayette derives its name from
the hamlet within its midst, which was so called in
honor of that distinguished patriot the Marquis de la
Fayette on the occasion of his visit to America, in
1824. It has acquired some little distinction as having
been the first spot in the Union which in its christen-
ing did honor to the illustrious soldier.

Lafayette is situated upon the line of Frankford
and Newton, near the centre of the county, and is
bounded north by the township of Wantage, south
by Hampton and Andover, east by Sparta and Har-
dyston, west by Frankford and Hampton. An im-

* By E. O. Wagner.

aginary line has separated the township into Lafayette
and Lower Lafayette, the first being the site of the
hamlet of Lafayette, and the latter, to a considerable
extent, the scene of early as well as of present enter-

By the valuation of the assessors of the county in
1880, the real estate of Lafayette was estimated at
$499,672, the personal property at 1270,703, making
the total valuation of taxable property $656,600. The
school and county tax amounted to $2789.09.

Lafayette township contains an area of 11,150 acres
of land, a very large proportion of which is improved
and cultivated. The soil is a mixture of clay, loam,



unci gravel, very little sand being apparent. The pro-
ductiveness of this haul is in some localities modified
by the presence of veins of limestone and slate, which

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